Thursday, June 18, 2015

Family picnic

In honor of International Picnic Day, I am sharing an undated photo of a family picnic of the Hanlin family.  My grandmother, Mary (Ferry) Hanlin, wearing glasses, is standing in the middle of the photo. I recognize her daughter, Edith, and Edith's husband, Tom Ryan, standing to the right of Mary as you look at the photo.  I think the woman to Mary's immediate right is her daughter, Stella.

I'm hoping some Hanlin/Ferry cousins out there might recognize who else is in the photo and share the names.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Matilda Ambrose Karns (1832 - 1892)

Matilda Ann Ambrose, my second great-grandmother, was born April 18, 1832 in Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania to William Ambrose and Sara Bitner Ambrose.  She was baptized June 2, 1832 at the St. James Lutheran Church in Ligonier and remained a life-long member of that church.

Matilda spent her life in Ligonier, marrying Henry Karns on October 21, 1852.  Together they had four children: William Henry (who pre-deceased her), Christina Lucinda, Sarah and Ambrose Miller Karns.

Matilda Ambrose Karns died on October 27, 1892 following an operation for breast cancer.  Her funeral was held in the St. James Lutheran Church, and she was buried at Ligonier Valley Cemetery in Ligonier.





Sunday, June 7, 2015

William Pinchbeck and Mary Ann Lightowler

In an earlier post I wrote about my great-grandfather, William Pinchbeck.  After my great-grandmother, Harriet, died William married again.  I knew his second wife's first name was Mary Ann but did not know her last name nor when they were married.

Just yesterday I received the marriage record from New York State that gave me the needed information.  Mary Ann's name on the marriage record is Marian Lightowler.  William and Mary Ann were married May 12, 1898 in Mount Vernon, New York by Reverend George Clarke Peck.  Reverend Peck was the pastor of the First M.E. Church in Mount Vernon.



According to the marriage record, Mary Ann (Marian) was living in Mount Vernon at the time while William was living in South Salem, New York.  I still have not established how they knew one another.    More research to be done!  Stay tuned.


Alexander Hanlin (1760 - 1841)

The origins of Alexander Hanlin, my third great-grandfather, still remain a mystery to me.  He was born  May 10, 1760 based on a calculation of his birth date from cemetery records.  I do not know who his parents were.  It appears that he was naturalized in November 1808 and according to the naturalization index he was born in Ireland.  I am now in the process of trying to obtain a copy of his naturalization papers.

Alexander Handline is listed in the 1796 Quemahoning Township Taxables rolls which would put him in Somerset County, Pennsylvania where he lived the rest of his life.  In 1800 he is listed in the U.S. census in Quemahoning.  On September 20, 1805, he applied, with Nathan Vickroy, for a land warrant survey of 250 acres in Quemahoning. Then in 1815 he applied for a land warrant for 7 1/2 acres adjoining his current acreage.  He is found in the 1810 census in Quemahoning and the 1820, 1830 and 1840 census in Jenner, Somerset County which is on the western border of Quemahoning.

In the each census I consulted there is a female listed who would be of the right age for Alexander's wife, but I do not know her name.  When Alexander wrote his will on July 5, 1840 he did not reference a wife.  Did she die between June 1, the enumeration date for the 1840 census, and July 5?  Did her death cause him to write a will then when he hadn't before?

Alexander Hanlin died December 17, 1841, presumably in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.  His son, James, was named executor of the will but James died May 15, 1842.  After James' death, Henry Howard, the husband of Alexander's daughter, Margaret, was named executor.  It is in the will that all of the children are named.

Alexander Hanlin is buried in Jenner Township Baptist Church Cemetery, Jenner, Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Children of Alexander Hanlin:

  • John Hanlin
  • James Hanlin, b. December 24, 1798, m. Margaret Griffith, d. May 15, 1842
  • Alexander Hanlin, b. ca 1803, m. Margaret Griss
  • Margaret Hanlin, b. 1786, m. Henry Howard
  • Jane Hanlin, m. ____ Cooper
  • Mary Hanlin, m. ____ Mattin
  • Elisabeth Hanlin
  • Ellenor Hanlin, m. ____ Thomas
  • Rachel Hanlin, m. ____Thomas
  • Marge Hanlin, m. Richard Sanders




Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June birthdays

My direct line ancestors who were born in the month of June include:


  1. John Pinchbeck, born June 1731, my 4th great-grandfather
  2. Anson Beers, born June 2, 1800, my 4th great-grandfather
  3. Mary Griffith Blackburn, born June 19, 1751, my 4th great-grandmother
  4. Robert Smith Pinchbeck I, born June 19, 1895, my grandfather
  5. Henry Ambrose, born June 20, 1762, my 4th great-grandfather
  6. Seth Samuel Burr, born June 20, 1694, my 8th great-grandfather
  7. Abigail Beers Williams, born June 27, 1840, my 3rd great-grandmother


Tombstone of Henry Ambrose

Robert Smith Pinchbeck I